Could you be a festive friend to an older person in Leeds?

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A rallying call has gone out in Bramley, urging people to muster up some early festive spirit and sign up as volunteer drivers to help older residents get around over the Christmas period and beyond.

The Christmas lights go on in Bramley this Friday, and staff from Bramley Elderly Action (BEA) will be at the event recruiting their very own army of mobile elves.

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The charity, which supports older people in Bramley, Swinnow and Stanningley, is looking for new volunteers to help members get out and about on trips and activities.

Volunteer drivers need to be aged 25 or over, reasonably physically fit and have a full clean driving licence.

The biggest need for drivers is during the day on weekdays, so the role would suit retired people.

Volunteers are asked to commit about three hours a week or more.

You will get full training and a MIDAS qualification to drive a minibus.

And charity bosses say it’s not just about offering a lifeline to older people, it’s also a chance to meet new people and get the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing something really valuable.

Lee Ingham, general manager of Bramley Elderly Action, said: “We rely on volunteer drivers.

“It’s a really important role.

“Our trips and activities are vital in helping members stay fit and independent and are a lifeline for many who might otherwise be extremely lonely.”

Those who don’t drive can also do their bit as BEA is also looking for new volunteers to be ‘bus buddies’ to support older people on trips.

The Christmas lights switch on is from 3pm to 8pm at Bramley Centre this Friday (November 27).

Speak to BEA staff there about being a volunteer. Staff will also be selling tickets for a Grand Prize draw to raise crucial funds for the charity.

If you are interested in volunteering for Bramley Elderly Action, phone 0113 236 1644.